Anyone else seen National Parks posting outdoor areas?
If you see it in Virginia, please post the details here and/or PM me.
IMHO, we need to tackle this issue head-on! :mad:
I just spent 8 days on the Buffalo National River in N Arkansas, a NPS park, and saw no signs including on ranger stations and visitor centers. I talked with a young new hire ranger more than once and I mentioned the change in policy. He said that there was no problem with carry on the river or in NPS campgrounds and they had not increased officer awareness. Since we were traveling and canoeing with a coed college group, having a firearm increased our comfort levels considerably. His only complaint was having to work traffic accidents almost every day from dumb drivers on dirt mountain roads.
Yeah I was confused for a sec. Didn't the law that passed make NP carry legal?
Heading to Canyonlands NP tomorrow...I'll let you know if I see any. I hope not.
I called the park rangers here in Ohio last month and they said that there was no problems with carrying in the parks here as long as your legal. They did say however that the ranger stations are off limits, I'm assuming because it is a government building. They do need to let all the people that work with them know this tho because the first women I talked to said that carrying wasnt aloud then she transfered me to a ranger and he cleared it up for me. They did tell me tho that I would need to inform there rangers tho if I did have contact with them. I feel that being able to carry in the parks is imporntant because I am there several times a year for my neices and nephews birthday parties.
If so, caubry's was a good LEO encounter, compared to some I have heard about in the NPS.
Some are in the mode of, "It up to you to know the law. We don't have time to post or explain all the State's details." :rant:
I went to Canyonlands (Island in the Sky District only) and Arches National Parks this weekend. I did not see a single sign related to firearms the entire time. We visited quite a few scenic viewpoints that had signs related to Ranger Talks at certain times, but saw no signs in those areas. I also did not see any signs in the picnic areas that we stopped at either. We spent most of the time on backcountry 4wd trails. My wife did go into the visitors centers for a pit stop, but did not mention any signs, likely was not looking as she left her SP101 with me in the FJ....although I'm sure the visitors centers were likely posted. So, those 2 parks seem to be CCW friendly, at least in the outdoor areas. BTW...it was a free weekend at National Parks....no entry fee which was nice.
I just came back from a week in the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone NP and didn't see any signs posted in any outdoor areas.
I live near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park they removed the
no firearms signs from all the trailheads. The only places posted are the
visitor centers, the bathrooms adjacent to the visitor centers are not posted.
NP carry is now governed by the CCW laws of the state the park is in, but...
Even within a state where you can lawfully carry, you cannot carry into a building where federal employees work (visitor center, ranger station, national monument) provided that the building is posted.
On a recent visit to Ft. Matanzas national monument, I noted "no guns" signs on the doors of the gift shop, visitor's center, bathrooms and the boat dock for the ferry over to the fort.